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You are probably not old enough to remember but in Weston's time there were many who argued that his results would have been better if he used a "miniature" camera and enlarged to get the final print. Of course, at the time, "miniature" was anything smaller than 6x9 cm. My 1950's two pound Kodak Medalist was advertised as a miniature. The logic was simple. Miniature camera lenses were corrected for a much higher degree of resolution than large sheet film camera lenses. Most of the latter were optimized for large image circles so that lens shifts and other camera movements could be accommodated. Pundits suggested that even with the resolution loss of the enlarging process, Weston's pictures would have been sharper if he had used a smaller camera. Larry Z - - - - - Mark writes: "I am totally mesmerized by the "idea" of making 8x10 contact prints and am intrigued that other than Ed Weston none of them it seems did that but projection printed the negs even when making 8x10 sized prints."